SHADES OF COLORADO

Hey there, how’s it going on?
I haven’t seen you in about a year
Tell me, is your life going happily ever after?
’Cause if it’s not, it’s gonna change right here

I came in on a 747
I got high before the plane
Ever got off the ground now my baby
So only if you let me offer you a little passion,
We’ll both get on our feet again

With shades of Colorado

So how can you stand there
With anything but a smile on your face?
Heaven is waiting
Well it’s up to us to get out of this place


MANSION IN DISGUISE

In the morning I can feel the sunshine
In the evening I can feel the moonshine
And when I close my eyes,
My home is like a mansion in disguise.

In the backyard, I’ve got a Chevy Nova
It’s like a junkyard, with wheels and a rusty motor
But when I close my eyes,
It looks just like a limo in disguise.

So close your eyes, you got a mansion in disguise.

We’re going in the morning now
All you need is imagination
Babe i’m telling you why
I’ve got a mansion in disguise
Standing right before my eyes

I think I’ll need some company
So come and close your eyes with me

Imagination ...
Love and peace my friend

In the morning I can feel the sunshine
In the evening I can feel the moonshine
And when I close my eyes,
My home is like a mansion in disguise.
So close your eyes,
You’ve got a mansion in disguise.



CHAMELEON

Encountering the brisky blues that grow inside me
Hard to see the logic through the haze
Still juggling the crazy days of wishful thinking
With dark and lonely hours in a daze

But I know the reason now
It sings out so loud in the night
Nobody there, except for my heart and my fight
To gain what my eyes couldn’t see
To touch what my hands couldn’t feel
Well there’s a lot of people talking ’bout
The way I change from day to day
Can’t deal with us chameleons.

Discovering euphoric dreams of unbound freedom
Hard to get me down from these fine days
Then suddenly another day has masked those feelings
All the bright lit sun has turned to gray

But I know the reason now
It sings out so loud in the night
Nobody there, except for my heart and my fight
To gain what my eyes couldn’t see
To touch what my hands couldn’t feel
Well there’s a lot of people talking ’bout
The way I change from day to day
Can’t deal with us chameleons.
 

CHASIN’ VISIONS

Wild nights I’ve been living, bringing Eden to a futile pace
Watching turtles in a river, making moves on the human race

Like the bone that has no marrow, is only gonna last a shorter time
Unless we focus in the middle, and try to wake the sleeping mind

And if by chance you hear your message in the howling wind tonight
Don’t throw your chances, making light of your life.

Spend a little money chasin’ visions down
Risk a little comfort chasin’ visions down
Marry satisfaction chasin’ visions down
Engage your stimulation chasin’ visions down

Six o’clock alarm’s ringing
Gotta wake up and clear my head
I stagger over to the mirror
And realize I’m still in bed

Now I can really use some coffee
To alert me to what’s going on
Can’t let dreams slip pass me
I gotta change my life to fit this song

And if by chance you hear your message in the howling wind tonight Don’t throw your chances, making light of your life.

 


BOUNDARIES

Well the wheels are turning,
They’re turning all the time
For days and days thinking of an endless dream,
One day it could be mine.

Well my heart is yearning, it’s yearning all the time
For days and days dreaming of an endless cheer,
For the concert in my mind.

Is it only a fantasy?
Can it become a reality?
I often pray that my eyes can see
The boundaries in my mind.

Well the spotlight’s burning, it’s burning me inside
For days and days,thinking of a clever scheme
To bring me into the light.

Is it only a fantasy?
Can it become a reality?
I often pray that my eyes can see
The boundaries in my mind.
 
You have something to believe in now,
climb the mountain and shout it out,
If you think that it’s getting late it’s alright.

Don’t think that it’s a fantasy
We can make it reality
Just pray that your eyes can see
The boundaries in your mind.

 


 LETTERS FROM ELVIS

Well is it true what they say about dreaming of a dream
Will it spark imagination to help you through it?
We need promise factories and faithful guarantees
Well don’t listen to the masses if they refuse it

’Cause there’s lovin’ all around us now
It may fade in and out, but it’s still there to see
So if there’s something that you’re happy about
You better hold it closely or it might not be there anymore
Like letters from Elvis, ghostly reminders now
That we might be Sitting on, the very thing we’re wishing for
Might be at the door.

Well is it true what they say about getting for what you pay?
I would hope that there are one or two exceptions.
How about tracing back in time to all those happy days
when the company of friends was worth a million

Well there’s loving all around us now
May fade in and out, but its still there to see.
So if there’s something that you’re happy about,
You better hold it closely, or it might not be there anymore
Like letters from Elvis, ghostly reminders now
We might be sitting on, the very thing we’re wishing for
Might be at the door
Might be at the door

Now tell me, do you believe that I have found my way?
Through letters from Elvis now,
Warning me to stay
Not What It Seems

Beggars and black sheep are often faced
With roving minds
Who don’t stop to think of why it is that they look sad
They’re caught between freedom, survival,
And fear that they’re not for real
But with hope everlasting the fear
Is not what it seems
Not what it seems, no

Chained to the mirror and still you find you just can’t see
The reflection of winners is often found beneath the seams
Don’t swim in illusions that smiles on a face tells the story clear
Cause like lawyers and liars, it’s not what it seems
Not what it seems, no

Day after day illusions of real is tiring me out
But I feel that vision guided by love
Makes the truth come out
And cast out all the games

Beggars and black sheep are often faced with roving minds
Who don’t stop to think of why it is that they look sad
They’re caught between freedom, survival, and fear that they’re not for real
But with hope everlasting the fear
Is not what it seems
Not what it seems, no
Not what it seems

 


WHEN THE LIGHT GOES OUT

Well you’re a high heel vixen
Don’t need any fixin’
Got a body that’s on fire
A face worth lickin’
There’s people in the alleys sneakin’ pictures of you
You’ve got traffic in the city backed up to the bridges
Construction workers union wants you for their pretty
And even Warren Beatty wants a shot at those
dangerous curves

But tell me are you as good when the light goes out?
Are you something that I’m gonna tell my friends all about?
Are you gonna make me wanna scream and shout? (Scream and shout)
When the light
When the light
When the light goes out?

I got a rocket in my pocket all I need is a launcher
I got fifty good reasons why I can’t stop smoking
I can’t even think of one when I’m looking at you
I had a friend once tell me “It’s not what’s on the
surface”
It’s all what’s in the mind and what’s burnin’ in the furnace
What’s burnin’ in my furnace, babe, is an itchin’ for you

I’ll get the six-string, baby, if it’ll make you feel good
I’ll get the silk sheets, baby, if it’ll make you feel good
If it’ll make you feel good
If it’ll make you feel good
If it’ll make you feel good

Well you’re a high heel vixen
Don’t need any fixin’
Got a body that’s on fire
A face worth lickin’
There are people in the alleys sneakin’ pictures of you
You’ve got traffic in the city backed up to the bridges
Construction workers union wants you for their pretty?
And even Warren Beatty wants a shot at those
dangerous curves
 


WITH YOU

With you, I found shelter from the raging storm.
With you, I found loving where there was no more.
All alone I’ve waited,
I’d argue with the wind its foolish freedom.

And all my guiding graces are there beneath the moon tonight,
And I was down for a while, it feels good to see again,
Again with you, with you.

With you, I can tell you how I really feel.
With you, truth and passion is what our love reveals
No more changing faces and hiding from the truth, you know where freedom.
 
And all my guiding graces are there beneath the moon tonight,
I was down for a while, now it feels good to feel again,
Again with you, with you.



LIGHTNING HEART

Here I stand, gazing at the sky
Autumn nights, bringing on the smile to my life
’Cause I know she believes in me
She’s got the lightning and a heart
With open arms, she stays in my life
And I know she believes in me
She’s got the lightning and a heart

Older days, spent with souls who judge till they’re gray
Now, carved in stone, is a promise I’ll never leave her alone
’Cause I know she believes in me
She’s got the lightning and a heart
With open arms, she stays in my life
And I know she believes in me
She’s got the lightning and a heart
She’s got the lightning and a heart
She’s got the lightning and a heart
 


SOUTH TRAIN

Hello there my baby I’m gonna tell you a little story,
It’s gonna seem a little hard so you better take a seat.
Seems I’ve been trading a little love for glory
But don’t go thinking that I’ve been getting kind of mean.

Cause I don’t want to get hassled baby, not at 6 a.m.
You don’t want to remember I’ll put you on the south train.

Hello my baby, I’m gonna tell you a little secret
And I really must confess I’ve been keeping it inside
But if you keep it up, I’m gonna put you on the south train.
Or another way of speaking, I’m gonna take you for a ride.

Cause I don’t want to get hassled baby, not at 6 a.m.
You don’t want to remember, I’ll put you on the south train.

You told me you wanted to believe it
But it’s not your style
But every time I really needed you
You were way out of sight.

Hello there my baby, I haven’t seen you in a long time
You’re probably wondering what I’m doing way down here
Well this ex-girl of mine, she put me on the south train.
So, what do you say you and me, we give it one more try.

Cause I don’t want to get hassled baby, not at 6 a.m.
You don’t want to remember I’ll put you on the south train.

 


IF YOU SEE KAY


Well I once met a girl named Kay
Who made me happy all day.
And one day Kay went away,
And this is all I’ve left to say:

Oh, if you see Kay,
Tell her I miss her.
If you see Kay,
Tell her I care.
Oh, if you see Kay,
Tell her I need her.
Oh, if you see Kay
My Kay went away ...


SOMETHING LIKE SORRY

I get up in the morning lately I’m not so free
I keep thinking back of what you went and said to me

I’m walking through the park and I’m minding my affairs
I see you by the corner giving me the glare
What I’d really like to hear from you would be
Something like sorry
Would be something like sorry

I get up in the morning thinking of you and me
The times that we shared walking through our pleasure spree

Now I’m walking through the park and I’m minding my affairs
I see you walking towards me giving me the glare
What I’d really like to hear from you would be
something like sorry
Would be something like sorry
Just something like sorry

I get up in the morning I thought I heard the doorbell ring
It can’t be the mailman ’cause no one ever writes to me

Now I’m looking all around and see that nobody is there
Until I see your package sitting on the stair
In it was a rose that I’m sure would mean something like sorry
Would mean something like sorry
Just something like sorry (sorry).


WAITING FOR COFFEE

I’m waiting for coffee now,
I’m waiting for something to wake me up.
I’m waiting for coffee now,
I just can’t remember to bring my cup.

But you know that I need it now, I need it so badly.
They’re gonna have to hold on now, cause I’m waiting for coffee.

Cold winds of December babe,
Even through heat of a summers’ night.
my motor needs oil babe,
in order for me to start out right.

But you know that I need it now, I need it so badly.
They’re gonna have to hold on now, cause I’m waiting for coffee.

Here comes the weekend, time to plan for some fun.
We’ll throw a party, ask our good friends to come.
It’s best we plan, together we’ll make our list.
Although my mind’s drawing a blank,
There’s something this morning I missed.

But you know that I need it now, I need it so badly.
They’re gonna have to hold on now, cause I’m waiting for coffee.


ALL IN A DREAM

You know it really is nice to know you
Isn’t it nice that we can work most things out?
You came to me like waiting for the sunrise
To shine in my life
You know I love everything about you
I even like the way that we fight
‘Cause I know when we wake up in the morning
everything is fine

Let me tell you now, ever since I met you
I’m all in a dream
While I’m working I’m all in a dream
While I’m playing I’m all in a dream
All in a dream

You know it really is nice to know you
I like the way that we run and we laugh
I know when we get into the nighttime our life is at hand
You know I love everything about you
Without you I’d be a song without words
I can’t see nothing shorter than a lifetime
To be in love with you

And I tell you now
Ever since I met you I’m all in a dream
When I’m working I’m all in a dream
While I’m playing I’m all in a dream
All in a dream


DON’T GO WITH THE JONESES

Hey you’re looking good, I haven’t seen you in a while
I heard you got a new apartment
And a brand new living style
But now and then you’re strutting down Hollywood Boulevard
’Cause you like to believe you belong on the cover of a magazine
All your friends are telling you you’re looking so fine
You’ve got a full selection and you don’t have to choose a line
But now and then you’re still sitting at home
wondering why
You’re not so happy all the time

Well I warned you
Don’t go with the Joneses now
Don’t go with the Joneses now
Don’t go with the Joneses now
You may never come back
Careful, my love

Hey you’re looking good
I still haven’t seen you in a while
You mind if I check out your new apartment your brand new living style?
You see I don’t have to strut down Rockaway Boulevard
To believe that I belong on the cover of a magazine
All your friends still telling you that you’re looking so fine
You’ve got a full selection and you don’t have to choose a line
But now and then you’re still sitting at home
wondering why
You’re not so happy all the time

Well I warned you
Don’t go with the Joneses now
Don’t go with the Joneses now
Don’t go with the Joneses now
You may never come back
Careful, my love

One too many stops to Bloomingdales and it’s over

Don’t go with the Joneses now
Don’t go with the Joneses now
Don’t go with the Joneses now
You may never come back
Careful, my love

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